Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Horton Springs Day Hike
when October 29, 2022
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where Horton Creek, Tonto National Forest / Mogollon Rim
the hike     Horton Springs is a scenic and cool hike amidst the ponderosa pines. From the trailhead we will follow the perennial Horton creek to its source at the springs beneath the ramparts of the Mogollon Rim.
    After a group picture, we begin by hiking a well-travelled trail that parallels the creek. The hike includes a non-stop show of waterfalls, fields of wildflowers, wild berries, and forests of maples. Fall colors are in full bloom this time of year. We will stop frequently for photo opportunities. After 4 miles, we join the Highline Trail. Another 0.1 miles and we reach the springs.
    We will take a break at the springs and return by the same route.
distance 8.2 miles
time 4-5 hours
EC +-1215' elevation change
elevations 5458' (trailhead) to 6655' (springs)
type Out and Back
starting at
Horton Creek Trailhead 34.340977° N,  111.095018° W
on trail 100% — Horton Creek Trail, Highline Trail
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Payson
meet 6:30 AM in the parking lot of the Target Center on the south side of Shea Blvd., about a mile west of Highway 87 (Beeline). For those leaving their cars behind, please park up against the north curb away from Target. We will be at the Trailhead at 8AM and start hiking around 8:30AM.
•  Take Highway 87 north to Payson.
From Payson drive about 17 miles east on State Route 260 to Tonto Creek Road (Forest Road 289) near Kohls Ranch.
Turn left onto FR 289 and drive for about a mile to Horton Creek Trailhead. The trailhead is across the road.
Paved roads to the trailhead, suitable for all vehicles.

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